UPDATE: Temporary Layoffs at the Belvidere Chrysler Plant Continue

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BELVIDERE (WIFR) -- Temporary layoffs at the Belvidere Chrysler Plant will continue for another week.

The automaker expects normal production to resume next Monday, March 17, 2014.

More than 300 employees were told last week not to report to work because of the temporary layoffs, which was first scheduled to last only a week.

The plant makes the Dodge Dart and February sales for the model are down 37%.

BELVIDERE, Ill. (AP) -- Chrysler has temporarily laid off 325 employees because of poor sales of the new Dodge Dart that's being assembled at the auto maker's Belvidere plant in northern Illinois.

The Rockford Register Star reports that Chrysler Group LLC confirmed the layoffs Monday hours after releasing its February sales figures. The layoffs will last through the rest of the week.

U.S. sales of the Dart fell 37 percent, while overall sales for the company rose 11 percent from February of last year.

Sales of the Dart have not kept up with those of other compact sedans since its debut in 2012.

The Register Star reports that there is another obstacle for the Dart: It has to compete with other Chrysler models made more attractive by dealership incentives.

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